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Falcons GM ‘looking forward’ to rematch with Patriots

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff can’t think of a better way of exorcising the demons of Super Bowl LI than by going out and beating the New England Patriots.

The Falcons of course suffered a historic meltdown in Super LI as they inexplicably blew a 25-point lead and ended up losing 34-28 in overtime.

The first opportunity to exact revenge comes during the 2017 NFL regular season in Week 7. Dimitroff believes that another crack at the Patriots will be good for the Falcons

The Falcons general manager made an appearance Thursday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” and said he is “looking forward” to the rematch.

“Look, I think any time you play a team and you come up on the losing side, the competitive side is you wants to be back in that game, on the field,” said Dimitroff, via NFL.com. “You want to be competing for the win, of course. We’re looking forward to it. Our opportunity to play them this season will be there and I think that’s an opportunity for us to continue to rise to the challenge. Again, we like where we are, I like where we are as a young team overall.”

Despite how difficult it is for losers of a Super Bowl to return the next year — just ask the Carolina Panthers — Dimitroff insists the Falcons have what it takes.

“I think we have a confidence about us — I don’t think it’s an arrogance at all — I just think there’s a real interesting confidence. Quite honestly at the back end of the playoffs and the Super Bowl there was cool element of naiveté that was good for us. We weren’t over-thinking, we were going in to play football as I thought we would. I like going into this season with a little more age but some youth as well.”

The Patriots currently are the odds-on favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Can the Falcons do their part to effectuate a legitimate Super Bowl rematch? Let’s just say both teams have a lot of work ahead of them for that to happen.